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The Unusual Suspect

The Remarkable True Story of a Modern-Day Robin Hood

Ben Machell

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30 March 2021
It is 2007, a time of recession and impending climate crisis, and one young man decides to change the world.

Meet Stephen Jackley, a British Geography student with Asperger's Syndrome. Aged just twenty-one, obsessed with the idea of Robin Hood, and with no prior experience, he resolved to become a bank robber. He would steal from the rich and give to the poor.

Jackley used disguise, elaborate escape routes and replica pistols to successfully hold up a string of banks, making away with thousands of pounds. He committed ten robberies in south-west England over a six-month period and bank notes marked with 'RH' - 'Robin Hood' - began finding their way into the hands of the homeless. The police, despite their concerted efforts, had no idea what was going on or who was responsible. That is until Jackley's ambition got the better of him.

This is his story.

'Completely fascinating . . . reads like a deep psychological thriller, but it's real. Is truth stranger than fiction? You bet' - LEE CHILD 'An incredible, increasingly dark story, which Machell tells with Hollywood box-office wit, compassion and brio' - CAITLIN MORAN
By:   Ben Machell
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   313g
ISBN:   9781786897978
ISBN 10:   1786897970
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   30 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ben Machell is a feature writer for The Times and The Times Magazine, a columnist for ES Magazine, and a contributor to publications including VICE and Esquire. He has been shortlisted for 'feature writer of the year' at the British Press Awards. Ben has full and exclusive access to Stephen and his surviving diaries, as well as access to law enforcement and the key characters involved in Jackley's story on both sides of the Atlantic. @ben_machell

Reviews for The Unusual Suspect: The Remarkable True Story of a Modern-Day Robin Hood

Stephen Jackley, the Robin Hood bank robber, is an Asperger's student with an incredible, increasingly dark story, which Machell tells with Hollywood box-office wit, compassion and brio. With every page, you find yourself screaming OH MY GOD - WHAT ARE YOU DOING, STEPHEN? , all the way up to him ending in US jail. How one young man's misguided plan to save the world went increasingly, dangerously wrong -- CAITLIN MORAN


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